Urban Alchemy

Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities

Afterword by Ken Doyno
Foreword by Jean Nouvel

What if divided neighborhoods were causing public health problems? What if a new approach to planning and design could tackle both the built environment and collective well-being at the same time? What if cities could help each other?

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove, the acclaimed author of Root Shock, uses her unique perspective as a public health psychiatrist to explore and identify ways of healing social and spatial fractures simultaneously. Using the work of French urbanist Michel Cantal-Dupart and the American urban design firm Rothschild Doyno Collaborative as guides as well as urban restoration projects from France and the US as exemplary cases, Fullilove identifies nine tools that can mend our broken cities and reconnect our communities to make them whole.



Title Urban Alchemy
Subtitle Restoring Joy in America's Sorted-Out Cities
Afterword by Ken Doyno
Foreword by Jean Nouvel
Publisher New Village Press
BISAC Subject Heading ARC000000 ARCHITECTURE
Dewey (abridged) 900-999 History, geography, (& biography)
300-399 Social sciences
BISAC Merchandising Themes List ET Cultural Heritage
TP Topical
Audience 01 General / trade
BIC time period qualifier 3J Modern period, c 1500 onwards
Credit Mindy Thompson Fullilove
Title First Published 04 June 2013
Subject Scheme Identifier Code      93 Thema subject category: AM      93 Thema subject category: JP      93 Thema subject category: JB
Includes Index; Bibliography; Appendices; Commentaries; Notes
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 352 p. Index . Bibliography . Appendices . Commentaries . Notes .
Product Detail Trade paperback (US)
ISBN-10 1-61332-010-8
ISBN-13 978-1-61332-010-5
GTIN13 (EAN13) 9781613320105
Related Formats Electronic version available as GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781613320129
Publication Date 04 June 2013
Publication New York, United States
Main content page count 352
Illustrations 175 Illustrations
halftones, black & white
Dimensions 6 x 9 x 0.8 in.
Weight 19.5 oz.
List Price $19.95
Format ePub
Nb of pages 352 p. Index . Bibliography . Appendices . Commentaries . Notes .
Product Detail EPUB
ISBN-10 1613320124
ISBN-13 9781613320129
Related Formats Epublication based on (print product) GTIN-13 - (EAN 13) 9781613320105
Publication Date 06 April 2013
Product Content Text (eye-readable), Still images / graphics, Photographs, Maps and/or other cartographic content
Main content page count 352
Illustrations 175 Illustrations
175 illustrations, black & white
List Price $19.95





Part I: The Madness of the Sorted-Out City

Chapter 1: From Illusion to Solution
Chapter 2: Our Hearts Inspired

Part II: Align

Chapter 3: Element 1: Keep the Whole City in Mind
Chapter 4: Element 2: Find What You're FOR
Chapter 5: Element 3: Make a Mark

Part III: Create

Chapter 6: Element 4: Unpuzzle the Fractured Space
Chapter 7: Element 5: Unslum All Neighborhoods
Chapter 8: Element 6: Create Meaningful Places
Chapter 9: Element 7: Strengthen the Region

Part IV: Connect

Chapter 10: Element 8: Show Solidarity with All Life
Chapter 11: Element 9: Celebrate Your Accomplishments

Conclusion: Give Me Your Hands


Selected Publications by Rodrick Wallace and the Community Research Group

Additional Materials

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove's Oculus Book Talk Presentation

Dr. Mindy Thompson Fullilove's Oculus Book Talk Presentation

Durham City Wide Book Study

Durham City Wide Book Study


Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Sep 1, 2013
"Her (Mindy Fullilove's) baseline concern with the dignity and wisdom of individuals, as well as the absolute necessity of broad-based consensus building, puts her approach on a clear moral high ground to which every urban planner and builder ought to give greater commitment, because it's right and because it works.

- Charles Rosenblum

American Institute Of Architects' Oculus
Jan 29, 2015
The book is actually a collection of bright and joyous urban tales played out by Fullilove, an exuberant storyteller.
- Annie Coggan


Metropolitan Center Annual Spring Lecture ft. Dr. Mindy Fullilove
Metropolitan Policy Center, SIS Founders Room, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW Washington, DC 20016, Wednesday, March 29th, 4:00 - 5:00pm

Our Annual Spring Lecture is quickly approaching! Please join us March 29th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in the SIS Founders Room as we welcome Dr. Mindy Fullilove, MD, Professor of The New School. Dr. Fullilove's research has focused on the health problems caused by inequity. She has conducted research on AIDS and other epidemics in poor communities, with a special interest in the relationships among urban renewal, the collapse of communities, and declines in health. The talk will be co-sponsored by the Center for Health, Risk, and Society which specializes in applying social science theories, concepts, and methods to the study of health.

Other titles linked to this event:
Root Shock
Root Shock

Race - Violence - Justice Medicine Workshop ft. Mindy Fullilove
Columbia University Medical Center, 622 W 168th St, New York, NY 10032, April 7-9, 2017

We live in an increasingly polarized society with exceedingly complex and pressing issues facing health care, including class and race-based health disparities, unequal access to health care, and the increasing toll of gun violence against persons of color. 


Guest speakers include Dr. Mindy Fullilove, George Yancy, Sayantani DasGupta, and Topher Sanders.


Public health activists, community leaders, social activists, police officers, legal/philosophical scholars, nurses, therapists, physicians, dentists, chaplains, and other clinicians are invited to extend their expertise and contribute to this conversation of pressing importance. 


Schedule and workshop details can be found here: http://narrativemedicine.org/workshop-april2017.html

Other titles linked to this event:
Root Shock
Root Shock